Soundings

What kind of memory?

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7145.1681 (Published 30 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1681
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner
  1. Crossmaglen

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    The great Gaels of Ireland Are the men that God made mad For all their wars are merry And all their songs are sad

    GK Chesterton

    Like most of my colleagues, the first part of the BMJ I read is the obituaries page. The brief lives are compelling; the summing up of a lifetime's grief and tears, joy and laughter in only a few hundred words. It's a difficult task; I wrote one myself for a friend I loved very much and quickly arrived at the key dilemma. With such restricted space available, should I write what he was, or what …

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